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Leo Brouwer's music conquers US's audience

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Jorge Petinaud Martinez.October 8. 2011. Havana, (PL). – In an exclusive interview to Prensa Latina, via e-mail, the director of Cuarteto de Cuerdas de La Habana, who also won a Cubadisco last year, for the Brouwer work for that format, said that the record astonished the United States. The United States specialized critic is delighted with the discovery of the Leo Brouwer, composer of quartet, assured the Cuban violin player Jorge Hernandez, winner of a 2010 Latino Grammy, during a trip from Philadelphia to New York. Read More

Rene Gonzalez's Wife one of the Cuban five says his life is in danger in US

<p style="text-align: justify;">Friday, October 07, 2011. HAVANA, Cuba (AP) —Rene Gonzalez, a dual US-Cuban citizen, petitioned a judge to let him return to his family in Cuba after he gets out of a federal penitentiary in Marianna, Florida today. But last month, a judge declined to alter the original sentencing requirement that Gonzalez serve three years of parole in the United States. The life of a Cuban intelligence officer jailed in the US will be in danger from members of the Cuban exile community if he is forced to serve parole there, his wife said yesterday on the eve of his release. Read More

Is it time for the USA embargo against Cuba to end?

<p style="text-align: justify;">Tuesday, January 14, 2003.By Amy Maness. While the embargo has not produced the desired regime change in Cuba, integration into the international economy has helped other developing countries - including socialist countries. Economic growth enhanced by trade has reduced poverty and created a middle class that supports further liberalization. Trade partners are well positioned to influence government policies on human rights and to encourage democratization. Read More

Florida quintet greatly admired by the Cuban audience

<p style="text-align: justify;">By John Fleming, Times Performing Arts Critic.Sunday, October 2, 2011. HAVANA. Presented in Oratorio San Felipe Neri, a 17th century church that was later a bank and then converted into a theater, the quintet's concert was the opening episode in a multiyear cultural exchange with Cuba that has raised the orchestra's profile in the Tampa Bay area and now created a sparkling first impression in Cuba. If all goes as planned — though there will be many hurdles along the way — the full orchestra could make a trip to Cuba in 2013. Read More

Members from the Cuban Jewish Community celebrated the eve of Rosh Hashanah with Alan Gross

<p style="text-align: justify;">Havana, Oct 1, 2011 (EFE via COMTEX) --The president of the Jewish community in Cuba, Adela Dworin, said Saturday in a communique sent to Efe that she and the organization's vice president, David Prinstein, visited Gross on Sept. 28, the eve of Rosh Hashanah, at the center where he is serving his sentence. The physical condition of the 62-year-old Gross "is good" and "he is receiving careful medical attention," representatives of the Jewish community said. Read More

Cuban Government in a full swing towards reform

<p style="text-align: justify;">President Raul Castro has said the country would like to advance even faster but current problems do not allow to do so because measures need to be carefully studied before applying them in order not to commit errors. Half a year after the Communist Party Congress decided to grant state companies more autonomy, the government is beginning a political reorganization that includes the disappearance of the once-almighty Sugar Ministry as well as the creation of an Energy Ministry and possibly an Industry Ministry. Read More

U.S. policy toward Cuba needs dramatic transformation

<p style="text-align: justify;">Cuba’s Domestic Reforms Surge Past Immobilized U.S. Friday, 30 September 2011, 11:08 am. Cuba’s Domestic Reforms Surge Past Immobilized U.S.By Christina Curtin and Paula Lopez-Gamundi. Although Cuba is willing to consider change, Washington refuses to open up to rational dialogue and meaningful debate. Read More

Gibara is something more than movie and sea landscapes

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.09.30 - 09:16:04 / / There are plenty of reasons to incorporate to Gibara´s ancestral coastal features such as fishermen, good, welcoming and humble people tanned and hardened by the sun, the current place and prosperous enclave where there is a positive use of energy provided by the strong and fresh wind that is undoubtedly another of the symbols of Gibara. Read More

Cuban President informs about restructuring the economy, ministries

<p style="text-align: justify;">Reuters.On Thursday the government announced that the sugar ministry would be closed and turned into a holding company. But the measure is just the beginning of a broader reorganization adopted at a Council of Ministers meeting last Saturday, the government insiders said. Cuba plans to close some ministries, create new ones and eliminate some of their business activities by year end in reforms spearheaded by President Raul Castro to modernize the communist island's economy, government sources said. Read More

Repsol urged by U.S. lawmakers not to drill in Cuba's oil project

<p style="text-align: justify;">By ERIKA BOLSTA. McClatchy Newspapers.Repsol in January 2010 signed a lease contract with the Italian energy company Saipem for drilling equipment. Repsol on its website describes the Scarabeo drilling equipment as complying "with all the technical requirements and all the limitations established by the U.S. administration for drilling operations in Cuba." Read More

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